Incident Summary:

03/16/2016: Assailants opened fire on a passenger bus in Koch, Unity, South Sudan. At least 12 people were killed, over 50 others were injured, and three people were reported missing. the whereabouts of the missing victims are unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO).



South Sudan

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Koch district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Passenger Bus
Nationality of Target South Sudan
Additional Information
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and PKM machine guns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 51 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 51
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"S. Sudan accuses armed opposition of Koch county ambush," Sudan Tribune, March 22, 2016."
"Africa Command OSINT Daily 17 March 2016," OSC Summary, March 18, 2016."